Happy Birthday, Rosa!
Archive for October, 2009
Happy Birthday, Rosa!
This time we booked a Hilton family hotel up the avenue, 8th Avenue on the west side of 51st, just a mere 5 or 6 blocks from the hotels we usually occupy on our visits. And yet, this short distance made such a difference in our frame of reference for this sojourn. We felt edgy and modern.
After a light and sufficient breakfast buffet that was laid on by the hotel each morning, we hit the sidewalk for our first task at hand; procurement of some Broadway show tickets for that evening. The plan; walk up to 59th and then zigzag our way through the theatre district on the hunt for great seats for a great show without blowing our entire road trip budget!!
It was chilly that morning. The kind of morning where the wind tears through Manhattan’s cross streets. The kind of morning that makes you thankful to be walking on an Avenue for one block before heading east or west again.
And then there it was. The marquee for the show we would see this evening. Not a big flashy musical, not even a musical, but a one act play with a limited engagement at the Schoenfeld on 45th. A Steady Rain presenting two actors of screen and television fame, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, was the perfect choice for this already different New York experience. The icing on the cake, Premiere seats for the price of regular seats. Score!
With these choice tickets in hand, we stopped back at the hotel for Denis to pick up his art gear Then we descended steps to the subway for a ride on the proverbial “A” Train headed for downtown. Was it going to be the usual commute to West 4th for us? No way, we stayed on and made our exodus at Canal Street that day!
Block after block we walked besieged by friendly vendors of purses and watches, but mostly the sought after Pashmina.
We walked through Chinatown and then back around to Little Italy.
We set up household at a sidewalk table at Novella Italian Restaurant at the corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets.
Fortified, I set off to do some serious bargaining. Denis prepared to sketch.
I came back with two cashmere “like” scarves, one in a turquoisey blue and one in a carnationy pink.
As for Denis, just look!
The after theatre buzz was all positive. We rehashed the story all the way back to the hotel, again, accompanied by a consistent drizzle.
Sleep tight, Broadway Babies…..
Lunchtime found us on the patio at Gecko’s in Carpenter’s Square. The menu was very vegetarian friendly offering freshly prepared creations borrowed from Mexico, Central and South America and Native Americans.
The soup of the day was a smooth and spicy Butternut Squash topped with pecans and chopped cilantro.
Denis chose the Three Sister Quesadilla, tortillas filled with the three sisters (corn, squash, beans), onions, jalapenos and cheese. For me, the Tostada Compuesta, a crispy, grilled tortilla, refried beans and cheese, topped with mixed greens tossed in a pumpkin seed-mango dressing and a grilled portobella mushroom. Both were excellent.
I strolled back to the Abbey to spend the afternoon blogging. Two parlors were available for guests to use and I felt every bit the lady of the house as I sat at a graceful table in the bay window. Alas, no quill for me, just my trusty MacBook.
Denis perused the beachfront promenade for his next subject.
An Abbey tradition is for guests to gather on the veranda at 5 p.m for tea and tidbits. During this carefree afternoon get-together we shared our day’s activities and offered recommendations for eating establishments. Jay, faithfully journaled these comments and will use them to guide future guests.
Back on dry land, we weaved to and from the shore for miles and miles.
Inland, we glimpsed tell tale signs of fall…
By the shore, we viewed riparian life….
A mere few minutes from the seashore we came upon this gem of a town. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Berlin was a delightful spot to stretch our legs and grab a bite.
We had passed so many antique cars on the road that day and arriving in Berlin we quickly learned that this was a major destination for these collectors. The place was hopping with muscle car enthusiasts.
This one is for you, Mikey!!
Another darling vintage theatre to add to my collection. This one was now a restaurant.
Tuesday, October 6
In the morning we spent one hour at the Mercedes dealership and replaced our two front tires. Now we were rolling along on 4 spanking new tires! It certainly gave us peace of mind as we thought about the journey ahead of us. While there, I put the finishing touches on the invitations for Amanda’s Afternoon Tea & Baby Shower.
And speaking of Afternoon Tea, when we got back to the historic district we walked over to The Wilmington Tea Room to have tea by the sea! A fantasy come true for a tea time lover, this adorable tea room was painted a gorgeous shade of Periwinkle with Lime Green accents throughout. The Tea Ladies were sweet and attentive and the room was filled with happy palaver.
And then came our Cream course, delicious crumbly scones served with Devonshire cream and raspberry preserves. Tea Time Heaven!!
On our way out, Denis took this shot of three lovely ladies. They had visited this tea room together 20 years ago and now they were back again.
One of life’s small pleasures, tea time with good friends (and I’ll include my husband in that).
Later that day, we once again set out to explore the historic district and to have our very first Martini of the road trip. Some of you know this already, we are on a quest to find our very favorite type of Martini. Since we were Martini Newbies, that night we stuck to the basics: